Definition of have a chip on one's shoulder
- He has had a chip on his shoulder ever since he didn't get the promotion he was expecting.
: a small usually thin and flat piece (as of wood or stone) cut, struck, or flaked off
: a small piece of food: such as
: a small, thin, crisp, usually salty piece of food typically prepared by frying, baking, or drying
: to cut or hew with an edged tool
: to cut or break (a small piece) from something
: to cut or break a fragment from
: the laterally projecting part of the human body formed of the bones and joints with their covering tissue by which the arm is connected with the trunk
: the region of the body of nonhuman vertebrates that corresponds to the shoulder but is less projecting
: the two shoulders and the upper part of the back
: to push or thrust with or as if with the shoulder : jostle
: to place or bear on the shoulder
: to assume the burden or responsibility of
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